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Legends claim bald cypress trees
were once lightening strikes
that upon hitting the ground
cooled and took root
And for awhile
sky and earth
traded places
until the cypress grew tall
and returned to the sky
--Mark Renz




Truth wears many faces
as does a lie
We all dress up
We all go out
to show the world
what's inside
Reality is only real
if everyone looks
through one set of eyes
Perception has far more power
over individual lives

When we insist we have truth on our side, we may be lying to ourselves.
No one owns truth. No one can fully see it. It isn't black and white.
It has no color. It changes like a chameleon as tempers flair and mobs unite.
The real truth may never show itself. So what should we grasp?
Our doubts, our fears, our prejudices, our certainties that we are right.
Then toss them to the wind. What is left? A bare soul, with only one face,
ready to start over in search of truth. This time, instead of faith in the unseen,
give testable evidence a chance. It may not completely free you.
It may not provide all the answers. But it will make the pursuit
of truth more honest. --Mark Renz




Go ahead and hug me. There are worse things they could call you.




Dance to your own music




If you care for the wilderness it will be there to care for you. --Mark Renz




A mirage is not what isn't there, but what you fail to see. --Mark Renz




Cypress in bloom




A virgin forest is where the hand of man has never set foot. --Author Unknown




Better to be lost ill in the woods than found well in a city. --Mark Renz




If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer.
But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time,
he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
-- Henry David Thoreau